Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor


Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462



Web Site Built By The CTE Objective

Rotation #3: Marking Period #1

Year One:

Year Two:

Year Three:

Adobe Illustrator – Hours: 20
Adobe 1/1 – Illustrator


Student Goals:
Introduce students the basic computer drawing skills

Adobe Illustrator is one of three software pieces every designer must know how to use.

Student Objectives:

Adobe Illustrator
Provided with multiple lectures, examples, study guides, guided practices and student resources, the students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of computer design software (vector image artwork - Adobe Illustrator) by producing a completed digital photo manipulation project that shows the use of 8 or more tools. (i.e.; type tool, path tool, clone tool, etc.)


Theory Tasks:

1101 - Identify career paths and occupational requirements within the profession.

2104 - Recognize copyright laws in communication.

Skill Task:

505 - Utilize a basic functions of a vector-based drawing program.

2506 - Utilize intermediate functions of a vector-based drawing program.

3605 - Design a logo.

4604-  Produce thumbnails, roughs and comprehensive.


Exploratory Project:

Stained Glass - Oil Pastels



Basic Drawing Tools – Hours: 20
Traditional 2/1 – Figure Study


Student Goals:
Students will draw the Figure

As children, we generally learn how to copy from photos, but as we make our way into college our subjects become more dimensional. Drawing a live figure in front of us is a much harder technique.

Student Objectives:
After completion of the lecture and the class exercises, the students will develop a final figure drawing that shows all the percentages of a greyscale, from 100% white to 100% black, with all of the shapes and lines built up by contrast to a finished drawing of portfolio level.


 Theory Task:

1901- Prepare and present a portfolio.

2906 - Participate in critiques of commercial art projects. 


Skill Task:

1304 Apply anatomy concepts in drawing.

2306 - Produce illustrations using various media.

3307 - Illustrate using value.


Exploratory Project:


Photography/Video – Hours: 20
Photography 3/1 – Fashion


Student Goals:
Students will be introduced to the concepts of SLR camera operations and the use of the composition in Photography

Basic photography skills are so important in today’s digital design world. Whether its a photo for a website or a product shot for an advertisement. Photography is a must-have skill in today's design world.

Student Objectives:
By June, the Visual Communications students, along with lectures, guided practices, multiple projects and various technique examples, the students will be able to set up and complete a studio photo shoot with little or no assistance, as documented in their portfolio.


 Theory Task:

1901- Prepare and present a portfolio.

2906 - Participate in critiques of commercial art projects.


Skill Task:

1801 - Operate digital camera and accessories.

2802 - Compose a photograph through the lens.

3803 - Differentiate lighting options and their effects.

4804 - Stabilize camera.

5805 - Download and manage digital images.


Exploratory Project:




Day 1: Drawing The Figure

Drawing The Muscles


Day 2: Art History

Egyptian – 3100 b.c.- 30 b.c


Day 3: Sketching

Shading The Circle


Day 4: Design & Layout

What Is A Subhead


Day 5: Creative Writing

Dog Food


Day 6: Art Movements

Art Nouveau - Circa 1890


What Graphic Designers Do

Graphic designers create designs either by hand or using computer software packages.


What Web Developers Do

Some developers work on a website from the planning stages to completion.


How Do I Become a Professional Illustrator or Artist?

Learn how to become a professional illustrator.


What Can a Person Do With a Photography Degree?

Like many other art professions, photography is very competitive.


What Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators Do 

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience.


Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models and animation.

Section Three - Vocabulary Test:

Practice - Take Test

Career Research:

101 - Identify career paths within the vocational profession. 102 - List occupational requirements. 103 - Demonstrate research and organizational skills. 103 - Identify how copyright laws apply to visual and digital communication.

27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


Sample of reported job titles: Artist, Automotive Artist, Blacksmith, Fine Artist, Ice Carver, Illustrator, Muralist, Painter, Portrait Artist, Sculptor


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